Labor Min. Exec May Have Tried to Cover Up Survey Flaws

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--A bureau chief-level official at the Japanese labor ministry may have tried to cover up irregularities in its annual basic survey on wage structure, it was learned Friday.

The ministry effectively dismissed the official, Yasuyuki Onishi, as director-general for statistics the same day.

Also on Friday, the ministry released a report on the outcome of its probe into a delay in reporting the irregularities to the internal affairs ministry, which last month investigated the government's 56 sets of fundamental statistics including the survey in question.

To conduct the survey, the labor ministry is supposed to have researchers visit business establishments to distribute and collect survey slips. Instead of doing that, however, the ministry used mail in most cases.

Onishi was told of the inappropriate practice by the head of the ministry's Wage and Labor Welfare Statistics Office in December last year, according to the report.

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